“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” – Hebrews 12:2, NLT
“For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You,” Psalm 71:5-6, NKJV
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.” Life goes on and dreams fade. Aspirations and ideas that were once prevalent, now sit in a dusty corner of our sub-conscience only to be peeked at from time to time. But, what we are learning is today, that does not have to happen. Today we can remain hopeful that it’s not too late.
Hopelessness kills this world. It’s like a ravenous disease spreading from individual to individual, house to house, community to community, city to city until everywhere we look all that is seen is what looks like people drowning in the distresses of this life. Barely holding onto a fading thread of what could be in order to make it through another day. There is no vigor for or in life. It’s just a daily trudging through, each step getting harder and harder.
No wonder so many give up and are found sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else go by. An individual can attend a thousand motivational seminars but if he walks away without true hope then nothing was accomplished. No real help can come of it because without real hope, as Dr. King stated, “you lose the vitality that keeps life moving.” But, when one can begin to get a glimpse of what could be, through faith, through the eyes of God, they can begin to see that there can be a greater tomorrow, or better yet, a greater day today for them.
I believe this psalmist knew the secret. As dismal as life can be sometimes he knew that there was a reason to believe that this all will get better. All he had to do was view the evidence of the working hand of God that was already performed in his life. He said, “You are my hope. . . my trust from my youth.” The fact that we have made it this far from way back then is proof of His sovereignty over our lives. By His strength, we have been blessed to be here today to tell of His goodness; to say, “I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb.” So, “my praise shall be continually of You.”
You have a reason to remain hopeful. This is not the final chapter. There is more to your story than this. I don’t believe God brought you through this far to not complete what He has in store for you. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ,” (Phil. 1:6, NKJV). It is not over yet. We still have hope!
You can declare, “Today can be different. Today I make the choice to ignore all the negative stuff that’s trying to override the promises of God. Today, I turn my back on my problems and turn my eyes to Jesus, ‘the Author and Finisher of our faith,’ (Heb. 12:2). I have more important things to occupy my mind with rather than all of these trials and tribulations. All I have to do is remember how He has kept me thus far. Remember, how He has brought me through to see this day. Then, I can have hope that what He did once before, He’ll do it again.”
Hope! Stay anchored in Him, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,” (Heb. 6:19). He shall not be moved. Since He is not moved and I am in Him, I shall not be moved. Hope!
Never stop being hopeful for with it comes possibilities. Believe what you can’t see. Grab hold of what you can’t touch, and hope! If you still have a dream then there must be hope to feed it. Who knows what you will be capable of doing unless you give yourself a chance and remain hopeful.
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